Arthropods of Our Homes

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About Arthropods of Our Homes

For all of human history, insects and their relatives (collectively known as arthropods) have been our constant companions. We compete with them for food, use them as resources, and – whether we like it or not – share our homes with them. Many species, both common and unfamiliar, have been evolving with us for millenia. The Arthropods of Our Homes project explores the arthropod diversity of our homes. We are interested not only in what species are present, but also how the characteristics of your home and lifestyle may affect the insects, spiders and other arthropods that come to dwell there.


Project Publications

Leong, M, M.A. Bertone, A.M. Savage, K.M. Bayless, R.R. Dunn, M.D. Trautwein. 2017. The Habitats Humans Provide: Factors affecting the diversity and composition of arthropods in houses. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 15347. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15584-2

Leong, M., Bertone, M.A., Bayless, K.M., Dunn, R.R., and Trautwein, M.D. (2016). Exoskeletons and economics: indoor arthropod diversity increases in affluent neighbourhoods. Biology Letters 12, 20160322. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0322. View PDF.

Madden, A.A., Barberan, A., Bertone M.A., Menninger H.L, Dunn, R.R., and N. Fierer (2016) The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses. Molecular Ecology. (**Cover**). doi: 10.1111/mec.13900. View PDF.

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